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Koala

Phascolarctos cinereus

Description:

The koala is a small, tree-dwelling, herbivorous marsupial which averages about 9kg (20lb) in weight. Its fur is thick and usually ash grey with a tinge of brown in places. The koala gets its name from an ancient Aboriginal word meaning "no drink" because it receives over 90% of its hydration from the Eucalyptus leaves (also known as gum leaves) it eats, and only drinks when ill or times when there is not enough moisture in the leaves. ie during droughts etc. The koala is the only mammal, other than the Greater Glider and Ringtail Possum, which can survive on a diet of eucalyptus leaves.

Notes:

This Photos were taken at the Koala Sanctuary.. And THE KOALA is not a BEAR!!!

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13 Comments

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

Thanks Azura Firdaus W and Mayra

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 9 years ago

wow amazing

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Lovely!

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

Thanks Bernadette S..

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Interesting info about the origin of it's name! Love that last shot.

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

:)

Frank Weaver
Frank Weaver 9 years ago

They are indeed very cute!

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

Thanks p.young and alin.. The sanctuary is a very cool relaxing place for the koalas.

alin
alin 9 years ago

Adorable and very relaxed koala!

p.young713
p.young713 9 years ago

Very cute!!

misako
misako 9 years ago

so cute!!

KatCuff
KatCuff 9 years ago

Cuteness!!!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Classic pose.

Christiane
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Christiane

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Dec 5, 2011
Submitted on Jan 5, 2012

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